How long has CDC Resources been in existence?
The agency was founded by a group of families and supporters from the Monticello area in 1953. An unrelated group formed the Opportunity School in Rensselaer the next year. These two grassroot organizations struggled during the early years. However, after combining in 1967, the agency began to develop more professional services for children and adults as well as administrative support. In 1998, the organization, known as Comprehensive Developmental Centers, Inc. since 1971, changed its name to CDC Resources, Inc. to better reflect its mission and diversity while retaining the locally well known “CDC” description in its name.
What geographic areas do you serve?
CDC Resources has historically served Benton, Carroll, Jasper, Newton, and White counties — a rural area covering 2200 square miles with an estimated 95,000 residents. Additionally, it has served some families in southwest Pulaski county and northeast Tippecanoe counties when families sought our services. The agency utilizes a fleet of buses, transit vehicles, and vans to enable individuals in these communities to access needed services.
Who do you serve?
The agency started out by serving children and adults with developmental disability. In the past five years, the agency has expanded its capacity to include individuals with physical and sensory impairments, and traumatic brain injury. We also have specific services which are tailored to the needs of persons with severe and profound challenges. There are not many choices for families in our area and we strive to offer the highest quality supports and services possible.
How are you funded and what fees are charged?
The organization has a varied and complex funding pattern. The largest revenue sources are Indiana state funding of adult day service and Medicaid revenue for providing group home and Medicaid Waiver services. Other significant income comes from county government, United Way, grants, subcontract and other enterprise sources. We are much more dependent upon government funding than is comfortable and are striving to become more self-sufficient. We have some fees tied to specific programs to offset unfunded costs. Most services are free or have only minimal costs. We are upfront on any family costs that might be required by third party funders such as Medicaid. We want you to be fully informed.
How much turnover occurs with your staff?
While we still experience unacceptable turnover in several employment categories we are constrained by our own funding. On balance, CDC has remarkably low turnover. Approximately a third of our program and administrative staff have been employed by CDC over 5 years.